TOURIST BOOST FROM EUROPE, AUS­TRALIA

High de­mand for travel pack­ages from June to Au­gust

New Straits Times - - News - BEATRICE NITA JAY KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

MALAYSIA has be­come the top des­ti­na­tion for Euro­pean and Aus­tralian trav­ellers for this year’s hol­i­day sea­son.

Ex­pe­dia, the world’s largest on­line travel com­pany’s travel data, has shown that there has been a high de­mand for Malaysian cities from June to Au­gust.

The fi­nal key ob­ser­va­tion showed the deals for sum­mer sales to Malaysia fea­tured the biggest price dis­counts and sav­ings of up to 35 per cent for trav­el­ers from Aus­tralia and the United King­dom. “Ho­tel and flight pack­ages from Aus­tralia to Kuala Lumpur are 30 per cent cheaper this sum­mer com­pared with the same pe­riod last year. While for pack­ages from the United King­dom to Kota Kin­a­balu, the price is lower by 30 to 35 per cent,” Ex­pe­dia’s state­ment said.

“Trav­ellers from Europe, specif­i­cally from Italy, Spain, the United King­dom, Nether­lands and Bel­gium, plan to in­crease their travel to Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kin­a­balu, Kuch­ing and Jo­hor Baru this sum­mer,” it said.

The state­ment also men­tioned that trav­ellers from Nether­lands to Kuala Lumpur were up by nearly 200 per cent this sum­mer com­pared with the same pe­riod last year, with sim­i­lar trends for trav­ellers from the United King­dom to Kuch­ing.

Mean­while, trav­ellers from South­east Asia have planned to pri­mar­ily travel in the re­gion. The travel data showed two Malaysian cities ben­e­fit­ing the most — Kota Baru and Jo­hor Baru.

“Travel con­tin­ues to be on the top of the mind when it comes to sum­mer hol­i­days, and we be­lieve that our growth in book­ing is re­flec­tive of how peo­ple are trav­el­ling or choos­ing their des­ti­na­tion to spend their sum­mer breaks this year.

“It’s in­ter­est­ing to note that, gen­er­ally, in­ter­na­tional travel is still pre­ferred com­pared with do­mes­tic travel,” said Ex­pe­dia group’s South­east Asia and In­dia gen­eral man­ager Si­mon Fi­quet.

“The best time to visit Malaysia seems to be uni­ver­sally ac­cepted to be in June for Euro­pean trav­ellers and July for Aus­tralians,” he said.

As for Malaysian trav­ellers, the travel com­pany ad­vised them to travel be­tween June and Au­gust this year, as prices would be lower than some Asian des­ti­na­tions.

“For ex­am­ple, Hat Yai and Cebu are more than 50 per cent cheaper, while Kochi is close to 50 per cent cheaper,” the state­ment said.

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